The 6th Heywood, Lancashire, Chess Congress

June 24-25 2000

 

Heywood Chess Congress attracts the Country's best

The Heywood Civic Hall was kept busy again this weekend with competitors for Heywood’s sixth chess congress. And the event is getting so well known that for the first time the British Champion, Julian Hodgson, came up to compete.

Bill O’Rourke, Congress Director, reports: "Heywood can be proud of this event. The Civic Hall was again a magnificent venue, and the event owes a great deal to the sponsorships supplied by the Heywood Advertiser, The Freemasons Arms Heywood, The Heywood Distribution Park and Kumon Maths. This year we had the British Champion, Grandmaster Julian Hodgson, and he thought the whole event was excellent – and he says not to change anything about the congress - it’s great as it is!”

Shortly after 9 a.m. the Mayor Brian Leather got the games under way. In the Open, Hodgson had several tough games, especially against fellow grandmaster Hebden, but managed to win his section with a clear 5/5.

Several Heywood chess club players came close to winning prizes in most of the five sections, but just missed out. The total prize fund of £1800 was presented by the Mayor and Mayoress on the Sunday evening.

 

Results

 

HEYWOOD ADVERTISER OPEN

1st GM Julian Hodgson (London) 5/5 £300

2nd= GM Mark Hebden (Birstall) and D. Hulmes (Stockport) 4/5 £115 each

Grading prizes: Graham Lilley (Prescot, disabled player) and Oliver Jackson (Wales) £20 each

 

FREEMASONS ARMS HOTEL HEYWOOD MAJOR

1st= M. Cutmore (Wood Green), C. Dunlop (Crusaders, U21), P. Mulleady (Atherton) and A. Walton (3C’s) 4/5 £87.50 each

Grading prizes: A. Ashton (3C’s, U21) and D. Atherton (Oldham)

 

HEYWOOD DISTRIBUTION PARK INTERMEDIATE

1st R. Chapman 4.5/5 (Great Lever) £160

2nd= M. Cawston (Cumbria), T. Pawson (Leeds), E. Taylor (Hoylake) and D. Aspinall (Oldham) 4/5 £30 each

Grading prizes: K. Salman (Chorlton), B. Shaw (East Cheshire), N. Burrows (Salford), R. Wilding (Blackburn), R. Desmedt (Netherton) and A. Wiseman (Heywood, U21)

 

KUMON MATHS MINOR

1st M. Wood (Pensby) 4.5/5 £140

2nd= A. Roberts (3C’s) and Bill Heyes (Wigan) 4/5 £55 each

Grading prizes: G. Whitehead (Eccles), J. Dilworth (EEC), S. Sriharan (York), A. Sharkey (Bolton), Malcolm Plant (3C’s), B. Tinton (Cleveleys, U21), P. Coleman (Lytham), D. Bower (Rawtenstall, U21), W. Derbyshire (Chorley) and M. Worrall (Liverpool)

 

KUMON MATHS NOVICE

1st= S. Cropper (Atticus), B. Parry (Rawtenstall, U21) and A. Scoular (Swinton) 4/5 £27 each

 

Puzzle competition winner: Mark Taylor (Rochdale) £10

 

Total prize fund = £1800

Note – no female prize winners